Archive for March, 2012

NJFFFW Kicks Off This Weekend!

March 30th, 2012 3:58 pm

The much anticipated NJFFFW® (New Jersey Full Figured Fashion Week) begins this weekend in Atlantic City, NJ. This event caters to the plus-size woman on multiple levels. It raises awareness in the fashion industry of curvier women as style-savvy customers. It debuts the latest plus-size styles and trends to women. And it offers networking opportunities for influentials in the fashion industry, from designers and models to celebrity guests to fashion consumers.

Over the course of the weekend, guests will be treated to shopping events, panel discussions, celebrity appearances and runway shows. Evenings will offer dancing and performances by award-wining singers. There also will be a plus-size model search with Top Model’s Toccarra Jones as a panelist.

Anna Scholz is pleased to have pieces from her Spring-Summer 2012 collection showcased in a runway show at the event. Our friends from Madison are official sponsors of this exciting weekend.

Nfinite Form has created NJFFFW ® as a “platform to raise mainstream fashion’s awareness of the plus-size industry” and to “empower women of all ranges to feel glamorous and confident with designers and brands that appeal to their curves.”

Fashion for Fighting

March 30th, 2012 10:00 am

These amazing looks are brought to you courtesey of the Takanakuy fighting ceremony from the Peruvian state of Chumbivilcas. The roots of this rather brutal ceremony reach back to the Andes’s pre-Spanish, pre-Incan history as a way of settling grudges without a real active police force. Villagers and townspeople from the region bring their built-up grievances from the past year into the fighting ring each Christmas Day (of all days) and duke it out.

The costumes are meant to be intimidating and original.  They involve knitted ski masks, stuffed animals and leather boots and chaps. They often use symbols and regional styles and invoke animal spirits. Part Mad Max, part WWF, it sure looks like one heckuva way to spend Christmas.

Article from Vice Magazine: The Fashion Issue, March 2012, vol 10, no 2. Photos by Lele Saveri

Cosplay Hits the Catwalk

March 28th, 2012 3:20 pm

Japanese fashion designer Mikio Sakabe’s Autumn/Winter 2011-12 was inspired by the Tokyo district of Akihabara, which is home to a subculture of star karaoke singers and performers and their devoted followers. The fashions are also based on the culture of gaming, comic books, manga and cosplay (short for “costume play”).

“[C]osplay is such an interesting thing,” Sakabe told Junsuke Yamasaki of Vice magazine*. “Traditionally western fashion has always been concerned with making yourself look better, whatever that means, but on the other hand, cosplay is for people who want to transform themselves.”

In a similar vein, Sakabe’s Spring-Summer 2012 collection was inspired by princesses.

*interview and photo  in Vice: The Fashion Issue, March 2012, vol 10, no 2


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